AFTER the incident of the Syrophenician woman, Matthew (15:29-31) and Mark (7:31-37) record the healing of many lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others. Mark singles out the healing of a deaf man with an impediment in his speech. Alas, all of us are deaf to heaven, and only Jesus can loose our tongues in true testimony! He tried to avoid superficial sensationalism by charging that they tell no man, but His fame spread.
Next He fed four thousand, an entirely different miracle from the feeding of the five thousand, as Mark plainly tells us (8:19- 20). Not only can our Lord open our eyes and ears and loose our tongues but He feeds us with Himself, the Bread of life.
Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came to Him seeking a sign. It was an unholy union of two Jewish groups at odds with each other but here…
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